I was looking for boat safety tech yesterday. In particular, I was looking for the personal flotation and strobe lights. They attach to your lifevest, and once they hit the water, they create a bright strobe light. We did manage to get waterproof maps, an important thing to have when boating. Since. Afterall, you are on the water when boating, having waterproof maps can make or break your ability to navigate. The maps were of the Bay around Annapolis and Baltimore.
We also found the strobe lights for life vests, but they were a little more than I wanted to spend. We also didn’t find the new dog life vests we were looking for. The dogs have life vests already, but the new ones are a lot better than the ones we have now. Important that everyone is safe on the boat. That is why we don’t just have 4 or 5 lifevests; we have 12. We won’t ever have a person on the boat that doesn’t have a life vest!
There are, of course, many other things you need to have. Your VHF (boat radio) has a number assigned to it (MMSI) that is critical. There is also the ERB, a beacon that notifies the coast guard that your boat is in trouble. It is not that I think boater safety is the only way to operate, it is just part of the fun for me. I want to make sure that safety is a critical part of anything I do or work on. Safety first, always helps you move forward. Technology is a great way to gain safety!